Category: Achieve Written by News One
Johnny Taylor, president of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, spoke with Roland Martin on NewsOne Now about the crisis HBCUs are going through to find funding and keep their doors open for students.
“The reality is we are sending students home, we’re laying off faculty … so we’re impacting the markets and communities in which these schools exist and thrive or should be thriving,” Taylor said. “So it’s a real issue. How are we dealing with it? They’re buckling down. They’re laying off. They’re getting rid of work study, [and] that helped many of us get through college… It’s impacting the quality of education for institutions that were historically underfunded and are continuing to feel the effects of this.”
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Last Updated on Friday, 15 November 2013 11:33
Category: Achieve Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
A new website is available to keep supporters of Wayne State's Transition to Independence Program apprised of opportunities to support the university's foster youth.
The website, www.tipwaynestate.org, provides comprehensive information on the year-old program, which is funded by a contract from the Michigan Department of Human Services and administered by the WSU School of Social Work. Visitors to the site can learn about the program's mission, administration and governance, community partners and resources, as well as opportunities to provide financial, material, or volunteer support.
Approximately 500 children age out of foster care each year in Michigan, many with no legal or supportive connections with caring adults. Fewer than three of every five foster children graduate from high school, and of those only 13% enroll in college. Of those that enroll, only 2-5% graduate by the age of 25.
To address this alarming gap in college access and retention, the School of Social Work in the fall of 2012 launched TIP, through which it partners with several Metro Detroit-area community service agencies and businesses to provide WSU foster youth students with free professional mentoring, legal representation, financial literacy training, counseling, and other forms of support. On campus, "foster youth champions" serve as liaisons between WSU foster youth and key university offices, including Admissions; Financial Aid; Counseling and Psychological Services; Career Services; Housing and Residential Life; and the Academic Success Center. TIP also employs a full-time life skills coach to provide program participants with additional support.
The new website includes resources for current and prospective program participants, including information on program eligibility, financial aid and scholarships, child care, vocational training, and other forms of support. It also includes research on foster youth and education by TIP Director and Assistant Professor of Social Work Angelique Day, one of the most published experts in this emerging field. The website also serves as a portal for the university's foster youth champions to communicate and receive information on news and events.
Finally, the site highlights opportunities to donate, volunteer, host foster youth student dinners, or provide a care package.
"Foster youth students don't have parents to buy them laundry detergent, bake them cookies, or even drop a little note of encouragement in their book bag," Day said. "Providing a care package is a little gesture that can make a big impact on the morale of a vulnerable young person."
Last Updated on Monday, 15 July 2013 15:08
Category: Achieve Written by Michigan Chronicle Staff
The office of Community Engagement@Wayne is hosting its annual College JumpStart program. The free program takes place July 14-20, 2013, and is designed to expose underrepresented students to higher education and career paths. Sixty ninth and 10th graders from metropolitan Detroit will spend a full week living and learning on the campus of Wayne State University.
"We want to provide students with a real college experience and get them thinking about all the wonderful things they can do with a college education," said Monita Mungo, program manager at Community Engagement@Wayne and creator of College JumpStart. "In addition to exposing them to life on a college campus, we want to get the students thinking about their professional careers and what they need to do now so they can get into college."
On the first day of College JumpStart, students and parents will hear about how to get into college — and how to pay for it — from college access advocate Jenny Hutchinson as well as representatives from WSU's admissions and financial aid offices.
Then students will get a taste of college life by attending classes such as Spanish and Information Literacy in actual lecture halls; honing study skills and time management techniques with help from learning specialists; being introduced to and acquiring strategies for doing well on the ACT; performing a community service activity; and spending the week living and dining in a WSU residence hall.
Students also will get the chance to act as plaintiffs, prosecutors, defendants, judges and jurors in a Wayne Law mock trial activity. Before the students leave campus, WSU Career Services will work with them to help identify possible majors and career options.
"We hope the experience we provide to these young students will help them see the tremendous possibilities that exist when they attend a university like Wayne State," said Jerry Herron, dean of the Irvin D. Reid Honors College. "We're looking forward to having them on campus as our guests."
Wayne State University is a premier urban research institution offering more than 370 academic programs through 13 schools and colleges to nearly 29,000 students.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:28
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